US YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUES PROGRAM RULES

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US YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUES PROGRAM RULESas of July 8, 2019SECTION 1. GENERAL AND DEFINITIONS1.01 US Youth Soccer National Leagues Program and AdministrationThe US Youth Soccer National Leagues is a program of, and administered by, US Youth Soccer in accordance with theUS Youth Soccer Leagues Policy.1.02 GeneralThese US Youth Soccer Leagues Program Rules shall include the rules for the National Tier of competition, known as theNational League, and the Multi-State Leagues Tier of competition, known as the Conferences.NL Management Group has final authority in all matters related to the Leagues Program not specifically provided for bythe Leagues Program Policy, or Rules.1.03 DefinitionsExcept as otherwise provided, the following definitions apply to this policy:a) “Article” preceding a Roman numeral means a reference to a specific portion of the US Youth SoccerBylaws.b) “Board of Directors” means the Board of Directors of US Youth Soccer established under Article XIII.c) “CEO” and “CEO of US Youth Soccer” means the Chief Executive Officer of US Youth Soccer establishedunder Article XVIII.d) “NL” means the US Youth Soccer National League as established by this policy.e) “NL Commissioner” means the National League Commissioner provided by Rule 103, Section 3 of thispolicy.f) “NL Management Group” and “Management Group” means the National League Management Group asestablished by Rule 103, Section 2 of this policy.g) “NL Managers” means the managers of the respective leagues at the multi-state level of this competition.h) “General Managers” means the four General Managers of the East, Midwest, South and West Regions ofUS Youth Soccer.i) “Multi-State Leagues” means the competition tier of leagues below the National tier. Previously, this tier ofleagues was known as the Regional Leagues within US Youth Soccer.SECTION 2. NATIONAL TIER—NATIONAL LEAGUE INTRODUCTION2.01 US Youth Soccer National League AdministrationThe National Tier of the US Youth Soccer National Leagues Program is a program of, and administered by, US YouthSoccer in accordance with the US Youth Soccer Leagues Policy.2.02 RulesParticipation in the NL is governed by the rules adopted by US Youth Soccer, the United States Soccer Federation (USSoccer), and the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) except where modified by those rules and theseNL rules. These NL rules may be revised by the NL Management Group on a seasonal year basis and other times as maybe necessary or appropriate.2.03 Matters Not Provided ForThe NL Management Group has final authority in all matters related to the National Tier of the program not specificallyprovided for by the Leagues Program Policy, or Rules.SECTION 3. NATIONAL TIER—NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAM APPLICATION3.01. Gender Age GroupsIn accordance with the US Youth Soccer Leagues Policy, the NL Management Group shall determine the gender agegroups of competition for each seasonal year.US Youth Soccer Leagues Program Rules –as of July 8, 21091

3.02 Team EligibilityAny team meeting herein may request entry to the NL subject to the specific team eligibility requirements established foreach seasonal year by the NL Commissioner. For the 2019-2020 season year, the Team eligibility requirements for the14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U, and 19U gender age groups include but may not be limited to:a) The team must have played in the 2018-2019 seasonal year in one of the US Youth Soccer recognizedNational League Conferences , and participated in the 2018-2019 US Youth Soccer NationalChampionship Series competitions; orb) The team must have participated in the NL during the 2018-2019 seasonal year and participated in the2018-2019 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series competitions; orc) The team reached its respective 2019 Regional Cup competition as part of the US Youth Soccer NationalChampionship Series. Additional eligibility requirements may be established by the NL Commissioner.3.03 State Association Team and Player RegistrationAll teams must be properly registered competitive teams that meet the requirements for participation provided by theserules with their respective member State Association. All players on a team within the NL must also be properlyregistered with a member State Association.3.04 Participation in National Championship Series CompetitionIn accordance with the US Youth Soccer Leagues Policy, in order to be eligible to advance to the US Youth SoccerNational Championship Series finals, teams participating in the NL must also participate in their respective State Cupcompetition in the current seasonal year.3.05 Applications DeadlineAll applications for participation in the NL must be received by the deadline established by the NL Commissioner.3.06 Application ProcessTeam applications to participate in the NL are to be submitted in a manner and form as determined on a seasonal yearbasis by the NL Commissioner.3.07 Acceptance of NL Policies, Rules, Decisions and FeesAny team applying to play in the NL agrees to accept, abide by, and comply with all policies, rules, and decisions of theNL and further agrees to pay all fees that are due to the NL for participation in the NL by the applicable deadlines.3.08 Final Authority on Team AcceptanceThe NL Management Group or designee of the NL Management Group shall have the final authority to accept teams intothe NL.3.09 Payment of Fees and Other ExpensesEach team playing in the NL will pay the fees and other expenses established by the NL Commissioner. The NL is notresponsible for expenses incurred by teams through travel, housing, coaching, uniforms, and other related team operatingcosts.SECTION 4. NATIONAL TIER—NATIONAL LEAGUE STRUCTURE4.01 Number of Teams in Gender Age GroupsThe NL Management Group shall determine the number of teams in each gender age group for each seasonal year.4.02 Competition FormatThe competition format shall be determined on an annual basis by the NL Management Group.a) For the 2019-2020 seasonal year, teams in the 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U and 18U gender age groups shall beplaced into one of 4 divisions consisting of up to 8 teams in each division. All teams within a division shallbe scheduled to play a round-robin against all other teams within their division for a total of 7 matches.The teams finishing in first place within the 4 divisions of the 14U, 15U 16U, 17U and 18U gender agegroups will advance to the National Championships Finals.b) For the 2019-2020 seasonal year, teams in the 19U gender age groups shall be placed into one of 2divisions consisting of up to 8 teams in each division. All teams within a division shall be scheduled toplay a round-robin against all other teams within their division for a total of 7 matches. The teams finishingin first place and second place within the 2 divisions of the 19U gender age group will advance to theNational Championships Finalsc) If a team qualifies for the US Youth Soccer National Championships Finals through the National League,then that team shall attend the Finals as a National League representative, even if such team wins itsrespective Regional Championship.US Youth Soccer Leagues Program Rules –as of July 8, 21092

4.03 Placement of Teams into DivisionsThe NL Commissioner shall determine the placement of teams according to the competition format within each genderage group.SECTION 5. NATIONAL TIER—NATIONAL LEAGUE ROSTERS AND PLAYER PASSES5.01 Filing of Team RostersEach team must file with the NL a copy of the team’s current official stamped State Association roster no later thanSeptember 1 of each seasonal year. Failure to file the roster may result in the expulsion of the team from the NL. Onlythose players listed on the team’s current official approved State Association roster may play in any NL matches. Duringthe course of the NL seasonal year, a team is required to re-file with the NL any revisions to the team’s Official StateAssociation roster.5.02 Definition of a NL Team RosterNL will accept either a State Association generated roster or a roster on a NL roster form (available from the NLCommissioner), provided that the form used is approved by an authorized State Association representative (ExecutiveDirector, State President, State Registrar are examples of State Association representatives—the NL Commissioner shalldetermine who is an authorized State Association representative). Teams are permitted to make changes (i.e. drops,adds) to their rosters during the course of the NL seasonal year provided that such changes are filed with the NL at thetime of such change and approved with a revised approved roster from the team’s State Association.5.03 Maximum Roster Size and Pool of PlayersThe maximum number of players on a Team Roster shall be 22 although the pool of players eligible to participate for anindividual team is 30. Such pool of players may include club pass players, as well as any players that may have beenadded to the Team Roster once the team’s NL season has commenced.5.04 Revising the Team RosterA NL team roster may be changed throughout the NL seasonal year subject to these NL Rules; there is no freeze date ofNL team rosters. For example, for teams that are not participating in club soccer this fall (2018), the team may opt tosimply provide a team roster with a minimum number of players (i.e. 9) to comply with the September 1 deadline, and thenresubmit a team roster with additional players prior to the team’s first event (as long as the 9- returning player rule is met).Teams are permitted to update their team roster throughout the seasonal year. Also in situations of injuries, teams maydesire to drop a player from its team roster and replace the player (as long as the 9-returning player rule is still met). At notime may the pool of players exceed 30 during the course of the NL season.5.05 Appearing on Multiple Team RostersIn situations where a club may have multiple teams participating in the NL, a player or players may be listed on multipleteams’ rosters, subject to these NL rules, but at no time may a player play for more than one team on the same day, andnot play on more than one team in the same gender age group. Under no circumstances may a player be listed onmultiple team rosters if such teams are from different clubs.5.06 Player Continuity RequirementAll teams that are accepted for play in the NL for the 2019-2020seasonal year must show player continuity from their2018-2019 seasonal year team or club. At all times during the 2019-2020 seasonal year, a NL team must have on itsNational League roster, to be eligible to play during the 2019-2020 seasonal year, no less than 9 US Youth Soccerplayers that were on a roster of any properly registered US Youth Soccer team within such team’s club during the 20182019 seasonal year. Since NL teams must compete in State Cup competitions in order to be eligible to apply, it will beincumbent upon, and the obligation of, State Associations to determine that teams have complied with this requirementsince they alone have the documentation to verify compliance with minimum of this 9-returning players rule. Anymovement of a team from one club to another during the course of the seasonal year, including but limited to the timeperiod following acceptance into the National League, may result in the team being dropped from the league at the solediscretion of the NL Commissioner. In such cases, the team’s Coach must file with the NL Commissioner a writtendocument outlining the reason for such movement to another club, and all circumstances surround the movement. TheNL Commissioner, at his sole discretion, may request additional supporting documentation regarding the movement of theteam from one club to another.5.07 Player EligibilityA player may play for only one NL team during any single day. Once a player is on the roster of a team in the NL in agender age group and such team has played one match in NL competition, such player may not appear on another team’sroster in such gender age group during the remainder of the NL season.US Youth Soccer Leagues Program Rules –as of July 8, 21093

5.08 Player Passes/Rosters/Match Line Up CardsPrior to each match in accordance with Match Management Procedures in Rule 6.07, a team must make available andpresent to a NL official, as designated by the NL Commissioner, the following: (a) a properly completed NL Match Line UpCard; (b) laminated and pictured US Youth Soccer member passes for each player and team officials that shall beparticipating in the match; and (c) any other documentation as required by the NL Commissioner. The NL official isauthorized to retain all documents for further inspection except for US Youth Soccer member passes that are to bereturned to the team for the match. The NL Match Line Up Card shall be prepared by the team and submitted to thereferee at the time set by the NL. The Match Line Up Card shall list a maximum of 18 players that are eligible to play insuch match. Every player listed on the Match Line Up Card must be included on the team roster to be eligible toparticipate with the team. Any player on the team roster but not listed as being selected to play in the match, but whodesires to sit on the team bench, must also be listed on the Game Line Up Card on the appropriate list. All players andteam bench persons that appear on the Game Line Up Card are subject to the authority of the referees. Any individualthat is sent off and/or asked to leave the team bench area by the referees shall be suspended for the team’s next NLmatch. An additional suspension may be assessed following review by the NL Commissioner.5.09 Member Passes Presented to RefereeValid US Youth Soccer member passes for the current seasonal year shall be presented to the referee for players uponentering the field of play. Passes will be returned to the team at the end of the half. Players will present passes uponentering the match during the second half. All passes will be returned to the team at the end of the match.5.10 Inspection of Team Rosters by Opposing TeamUpon request to the NL Commissioner, a NL team may request a copy of an opposing team’s filed roster subject to thefollowing: (a) the request must be made in writing; (b) the NL Commissioner shall have 3 days to produce a copy; and (c)the NL Commissioner at his/her discretion may redact out any information on the roster that may include but not be limitedto player address, phone number, or email address.5.11 Playing of Ineligible PlayerA team that plays an ineligible player shall be subject to disciplinary action including but not limited to: (a) forfeiture of thematch; (b) suspension of the team’s coach from NL competition; (c) expulsion of the team from the NL; and/or (d) anyfurther action(s) as determined by the NL Commissioner.5.12 Questions Regarding Player EligibilityA team may request an interpretation on the eligibility of a player on an opposing team to the NL Commissioner subject tothe following: (a) the request must be made in writing; and (b) the NL Commissioner shall have up to 24 hours after firstreceiving and reviewing the request to make a ruling.5.13 Additional Player InformationThe NL at its discretion may require participating teams to provide additional information on players for use in promotingthe NL and/or its teams and players. Teams are required to submit information as requested in procedures established bythe NL.SECTION 6. NATIONAL TIER—NATIONAL LEAGUE SCHEDULING AND MATCH MANAGEMENT6.01 Scheduling NL MatchesNL matches and match sites shall be scheduled by the NL Commissioner. Locations and dates are subject to change. Allteams are required to coordinate hotel stays through the designated hotel provider as designated by the NLCommissioner.6.02 Matches Per DayIt is the intent to limit teams to one match per day.6.03 Inclement Weather and Unplayable Field Conditions Prior to MatchThe NL Commissioner or his/her designee shall have the sole authority to postpone a match due to inclement weatherand/or unplayable field conditions prior to the kick-off of a match.6.04 Referee JurisdictionOnce the referee has jurisdiction of a match, the match may be stopped, suspended, or terminated as provided in the“IFAB Laws of the Game.”US Youth Soccer Leagues Program Rules –as of July 8, 21094

6.05 Emergency ReschedulingIn the event that multiple NL matches are scheduled at a site during a day or consecutive days and weather and/or fieldconditions may cause the postponing of matches, the NL Commissioner has the emergency authority to reschedulematches on such days. Such rescheduling shall be accepted by NL teams and may include the scheduling of more thanone match per day. In extreme cases, the NL Commissioner may also authorize the reduction of match length providedthat the notification of the reduction of match length is done prior to the match kick-off.6.06 Permission to Host or Travel Not RequiredFor the purpose of NL competition, Permission to Host or Travel Forms are not required.6.07 Match Management ProceduresThe NL Commissioner or his/her designee has the authority to make the final decision on all aspects related to a matchoutside of the jurisdiction of the referees. Match Management Procedures include but are not limited to:a) Teams should expect the referees to check player passes and collect the Match Line Up Card from theteam around 15 minutes prior to the scheduled kick off time.b) Match balls are provided by the NL.c) The videotaping of matches by team representatives and non-official US Youth Soccer representativesfrom the team bench side is prohibited unless written permission is granted in writing from the NLCommissioner.6.08 Additional Match Management ProceduresOn an emergency basis, the NL Commissioner may impose additional Match Management Procedures. These additionalprocedures shall be limited to those items that are necessary, in the sole opinion of the NL Commissioner, in order for amatch to be played.6.09 Responsibility of TeamsThe officials of a team at a match (as provided by Rule 9.10), are responsible for the behavior, conduct and control ofteam players, support staff, supporters including but not limited to family and friends, and team management staff. Failureto abide by this rule may result in Disciplinary Action as determined by the NL Commissioner.SECTION 7. NATIONAL TIER—NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS7.01 Earning Points in MatchesThe standings of teams within a competition format will be based upon the number of points earned from each match.Teams earn points as follows: 3 points for a win; 1 point for a tie; and no points for a loss.7.02 ForfeitsA team forfeiting any match shall be dropped from the NL at the discretion of the NL Commissioner following a review ofthe incident resulting in any Forfeits. In situations where a team is dropped from the NL, all scores for that team in theseasonal year schedule shall be recorded as a 1-0 win for the opponent (forfeit one match and the team forfeits allmatches).7.03 Uneven Number of MatchesIn the event that the teams in a competitions format do not play the same number of matches due to unforeseencircumstances, excluding matches that teams forfeit, the NL Commissioner shall determine the Final Standings utilizingany tie-breaking procedures of Rule 5.04 that may need to be applied.7.04 TiebreakersThe following tiebreaker criteria apply to the NL competition. (added 12/14/18—see amendment to tiebreakers—page 24)Tiebreakers—2 Teams are Tieda) If 2 teams are tied on the basis of points earned, the final ranking of the teams will be determined inaccordance with the following sequential criteria.b) Winner of head-to-head competition.c) Winner of most matches (all matches).d) Best Goal spread (goals scored minus goals against) in all matches.e) Most goals for.f) Coin Toss except if the teams that are tied are at the same location on the final match day, kicks from thepenalty spot will determine the higher ranked team.US Youth Soccer Leagues Program Rules –as of July

US Youth Soccer Leagues Program Rules –as of July 8, 2109 1 + US YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUES PROGRAM RULES as of July 8, 2019. SECTION 1. GENERAL AND DEFINITIONS . 1.01 US Youth Soccer National Leagues Program and Administration . The US Youth Soccer National Leagues is a program of, and administered by, US Youth Soccer in accordance with the